The popular High School Surf League conducted by Surf Life Saving Tasmania kicks off at 10am today with high school students from across the states North descending on Preservation Bay in Penguin. Then, Thursday we will see the Southern event take place once again at Kingston Beach.
This incredibly successful program aimed for high school students has been running for a number of years, growing in popularity and evolving to include a number of new events that further complement the exciting competition program.
“The High School Surf League is all about inclusivity, participation and fun. Ultimately, the program is designed to introduce students to surf life saving skills and competition in a challenging format, enabling students to put their abilities to the test against the surf environment and students from other local schools.
The High School Surf League encompasses activities relating to ocean swimming, beach sprints and flags, board paddling and surf rescue disciplines.” said Leanne Johannesen, Training and Community Programs Manager.
This year’s program will see 13 schools and over 212 high school students registered to participate. Today, Latrobe High School and Marist Regional College are tipped to be top point scorers with strong numbers and teams and taking into account previous years performances. However, Burnie High are this year making a comeback to the series after a number of years having not sent a team. The event will prove challenging with predicted on shore winds and choppy conditions – it’s really anyone’s race tomorrow!
In the south; Mackillop College will once again be a force to be reckoned with as winners of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 event. However, Triabunna District School will be in attendance with a strong team, as will St. Aloyisus College who have been training for the event for some time. Both will also be fighting to be crowned overall winner of the 2018 series.
Other schools in attendance are;
The League commences in the North of the state at 10am Tuesday 20th March 2018 at Preservation Bay in Penguin and conclude with presentations at approximately 2.30pm. Thursday 22nd March 2018, the Southern League Event will take place at Kingston Beach.
Image 1 – Beach Flags competitor
Image 2 – Beach Relay change-over
Image 3 – Board Relay Paddler
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leanne Johannesen | Training & Community Programs Manager
M: 0447 287 847
Tasmanian surf lifesavers will be out in full force around the State from this weekend through until Easter; providing volunteer patrols at their local beaches and delivering community education programs statewide. Additionally, Surf Life Saving will be hosting the 2017 Floor Rescue Symposium in Hobart whereby delegates representing the European Union, United Kingdom and USA will be in attendance to share knowledge and experience gained from lessons learnt through response to flooding and extreme weather events.
Tipped to be a scorcher of a summer, Surf Life Saving Tasmania encourages everyone to recreate safely and swim between the flags where possible and don’t take risks. If you’re planning on visiting the beach or heading to the lakes, Surf Life Saving Tasmania encourages all members of the public to remember the following water safety tips:
Key Water Safety Messages:
If you’re surfing or swimming at a beach, spend some time back from the water looking for rips and other potential hazards before heading out or ask a local about the area. For tips on how to do this look for the Beach Safety fact sheets at www.slst.asn.au or www.beachsafe.org.au
For boating and lightweight craft safety tips visit the Marine and Safety Tasmania Website at www.mast.tas.gov.au and download the Boatwise app from iTunes
Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s Operations Manager, Boyd Griggs said that over 900 volunteers from Surf Life Saving Tasmania would be patrolling some of the State’s popular beaches over the holiday period from Boat Harbour in the north west to Kingston Beach in the south there is also patrolled beaches at Bridport and Scamander on the east coast. Last season, across Tasmania SLST conducted;
“Research shows that most people drown during summer in the peak holiday periods in fine weather. Men aged 30-39 have been identified as risk takers and represent the majority of those who drowned last year” he said. People who live 10 km to 50 km from the coast make up almost half of recorded drowning.
Lightweight craft including sit on top kayaks and other water devices for use at the beach require extra care at this time of year. “Young people using these, for instance received as a Christmas gift, are often unfamiliar with these devices and are not aware of the unpredictability of the surf environment. Therefore, special attention needs to be given to preparation of trips and the requirement for personal protective equipment including lifejackets” says Mr Griggs.
SLST has 14 Surf Life Saving Clubs, 7 Volunteer Marine Rescue Groups and 3 Support Operations Groups providing volunteer emergency services 365 days of the year for inland, inshore and offshore waters. Statewide Search and Rescue Operations Teams support Tasmania Police by providing volunteer emergency personnel and resources when tasked. SLST continues to work with a range of partners to implement evidence based intervention strategies to address water safety issues and grow services in required areas.
With forecasted hot weather up to the new year, volunteer members will be patrolling at the Falls Festival at Marion Bay for the duration of the event. Those visiting the beach will be encouraged to swim between the red and yellow flags, and SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and SLIDE*!
Lifesaving Services in Tasmania
*SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and SLIDE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Boyd Griggs | Operations Manager
M: 0487 435 054